Friday Evening Music Club and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Announce Merger | Lifestyles


The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra announced on Thursday the recent completion of the Friday Evening Music Club’s merger with the WSO. Both organizations are based in Greensburg and FEMC’s mission will complement existing WSO operations.

“Our organizations saw an opportunity to join forces and expand our reach by bringing both educational and performance experiences to the Westmoreland region,” said Endicott Reindl, Executive Director of WSO. “We plan to expand programs to complement the WSO’s concert season and music education programming.”

Founded in 1969, the WSO presents a series of concerts at the Palace Theater as well as a Holiday Pops concert, “The Nutcracker” and outdoor summer concerts. The WSO Academy of Music offers music education for all ages and a competition for young artists.

The Friday Evening Music Club was founded in 1946 and presents a series of monthly recitals, a series of lounges, and awards an annual music scholarship to a local high school student who will pursue an education in the field of music. Many FEMC members were integral to the founding of the WSO as their goal was to expand the club’s mission.

The FEMC was a nonprofit music association, and two board members will join the WSO board, including Christopher Bartley, who has been named vice president and head of the transition committee, and Beverly Hritz. “We welcome Chris and Beverly to the Board of Directors and look forward to their contributions and many years of creating music. Together, we can deliver expanded programs and reach even more people in our neighborhoods,” said Bill Friedlander, Chairman of the WSO Board of Directors. The Executive Director and staff of the WSO will assume the administrative functions of the CFMS. The WSO offices remain in Greenburg.

“I am grateful for the chance to serve on the WSO Board of Directors and excited for this next chapter in providing musical opportunity and fellowship to this community. I am happy to see these two organizations come together. All in all, we hope for support, stability and strength, not only to maintain who we are now, but also to grow,” Bartley said.

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra began in 1969 when a group of community leaders and musicians assembled an orchestra for several concerts at a local high school. Now, 53 years later, the WSO brings world-class soloists to the stage. Under the artistic direction of Daniel Meyer, the WSO presents four classical concerts and one holiday pop, all at the Palace Theater in downtown Greensburg. The WSO Academy of Music offers educational programs including the Youth Concert, Summer Philharmonic Orchestra, youth orchestras, and private lessons.

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